The time has come to store digital information in DNA molecules by Suf Alkhaldi

I am fascinated by biology and computer science. Both fields inspire me and make me in search for more evidence that these two fields are connected.  When I was in graduate school, I studied DNA structure in detail: the nucleic acid bases, the distance between the bases, and how nucleic acids are connected with each other.  I… Read More

Star in a bottle: A new source of energy by Suf Alkhaldi

As our scientific computational power produces powerful mathematical algorithms capable of doing things which were impossible 20 years ago, the time has come for exploring alternative energy sources. Scientists are zeroing in to produce energy similar to the sun using fusion “a star in a bottle.” A sophisticated machine now being built in the south of France by… Read More

Moonshot technology: the future of 3D Bioprinting by Suf Alkhaldi

As 3D printing technology moves from the experimental stage to the production stage, enormous possibilities emerge to solve difficult problems.  3D printing makes car spare parts to toys to furniture. But using 3D printing in biology is moving ahead slowly but surely: welcome to “bioprinting.” The dream of bioprinting to build human organs such as hearts… Read More

The Present State of Artificial Intelligence by Suf Alkhaldi

Self-driving cars have logged two million miles on public roads so far. The car industry is marching to the cusp of revolutionary change of how people interact with vehicles  and the future design of roads and cities. The Google self-driving carproject starts with this vision: “Imagine if everyone could get around easily and safely, regardless of… Read More

The future is now: How DNA sequencing will lead us there by Suf Alkhaldi

DNA sequencing technologies have flourished so much that the price of human DNA sequencing has been reduced from millions 10 years ago to thousands. If this advancement in DNA sequencing continues, sequencing a human genome will reach to 500-1000 dollars.  Many biotechnology companies plan to sequence thousands of people with different diseases. Some have the goal of… Read More

Working for Amazon and why Jeff Bezos should follow Google’s management model by Suf Alkhaldi

A recent  article about working conditions in Amazon in The New York Times made a big splash. The article explained in detail the hard working conditions of Amazon employees.  Several former employees were interviewed.  My first reaction was to think, “I don’t want to work there even if they tripled my salary!”  But after thinking a lot… Read More

What do you think? Is private college education worth it? Warren Buffett says: No! by Suf Alkhaldi

Is it worth going to a private college?  Recently, when I was attending the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders’ meeting, one future college student asked Warren Buffett about the value of going to a private business school. The student indicated that private school tuition now (2015) is around 60K per year.  Buffett quickly answered without any hesitation and… Read More

Is the future here now? What is synthetic biology? by Suf Alkhaldi

A promising  and cutting-edge science with the potential of improving our lives within the next ten years is coming to our doorstep:  synthetic biology.  Synthetic biology is creating such a buzz in scientific circles that a lot of universities and scientific institutions have started investing money in this field. This discipline of science brings several fields to work… Read More

Understanding scientific research by Suf Alkhaldi

Science and later computers have fascinated me since I was a kid.  When I decided to  be a scientist in high school, I found science a flashlight that illuminated many biological and physical phenomena around me.  I paid attention to many scientific facts in physics and biology.  I had pure fun when I studied how scientists came… Read More

Avoiding the blind spots in science and life by Suf Alkhaldi

Have you ever wondered why you did not see something in your work or your field before someone else came up with it?  This is the blind spot.  We all experience this phenomenon, especially the experts.  Through the discovery of many things in our current history, you always find things which were applied in one field, well-known… Read More